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PHOTO COURTESY OF DEB DAMASKA This Saturday, Lycoming County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant-related questions and offer suggestions for buying new plants at their annual GardenFest. All demonstration gardens will be open and vendors will be on site. The festival will take place rain or shine.

Penn State’s Master Gardeners of Lycoming County, along with planting and growing experts, will hold their annual Garden Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event at Lysock View Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville, will bring together gardeners, landscapers and vendors.

“We promote education about our gardens so you can apply it to your own garden at home”, said Jennifer Dudek, president of the Garden Fest.

Experts will be on hand to chat with people with gardening and related questions.

Participants can choose from the following workshops:

“Keeping Your Neighbors Happy: Go Native Without Your Garden Looking Like a Meadow”, Carl Bower, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Lycoming College.

“Pollinators and their Importance in the Neighborhood”, Ian Loewen, environmental education specialist.

“Use your garden edibles instead of ornamentals” Stephen Petro, landscaper.

“Introduction to Bonsai: The Ancient Art of the Miniature Tree”, Rick Mason, bonsai enthusiast.

Tours will be available of the perennial, native, annual, vegetable, pollinator, herb and sensory gardens.

The event will include special activities for children, educational presentations, door prizes and a sale of plants and garden treasures.

In addition, there will be a silent auction of photo baskets framed by Rick Mason. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Vendors will include Rose Valley Naturals.

The event will take place rain or shine.

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